UCAS code: H804
Duration: 5 years
College: Science and Engineering
Chemical engineers are responsible for the development, design and operation of processes that produce materials and products that we all depend on, from processes such as the fresh water and gas supplies to our homes, to products such as polymers, fertilisers, fuels, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, paints, silicon chips, synthetic skin and many more. In all fields the chemical engineer needs to balance the need to manufacture products economically with meeting safety and environmental requirements.
Chemical engineers play a leading role in new and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, carbon capture, the production of renewable fuels, and increasingly work at the interface between engineering and the life sciences. These novel areas are reflected in the range of option courses available to our students.
Chemical engineers need a very broad range of skills and often interact with engineers from other disciplines and sciences. If you are interested in mathematics and chemistry, and want to solve real problems that affect all our lives, chemical engineering may be for you.
This programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Your time will be divided between engineering, mathematics and chemistry. You study two or more branches of engineering in first semester, followed by the first in-depth study of chemical engineering.
Your chemical engineering knowledge will broaden with the study of core chemical engineering subjects including Thermodynamics, Separations and Fluid Dynamics courses, supported by classes in mathematics. A significant part of the year is taught through practical activities and you will visit nearby industrial plants.
In Year 3 you will deepen your understanding of chemical engineering with classes including Thermodynamics, Unit Operations, Heat Mass and Momentum Transfer and Process Dynamics and Control. You will also put your knowledge into practice in the laboratory. At the end of Year 3, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons) or studying for a further two years for an MEng (Hons).
In Year 4 there is a strong emphasis on design, with both individual and group projects. This is complemented by courses on Process Safety and Reaction Engineering. Specialist study and innovative coursework will prepare you for your professional career.
In your MEng year you will concentrate on your final project either in industry or in academia, in the UK or abroad. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in specialist subjects that you can choose as options from a range of advanced courses.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Lectures take place in the George Square area during the first year, and for all other years at the University's King's Buildings campus. You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories. Study materials are available online.
MEng students have the opportunity to undertake a 6 month placement in their final year. During this placement, students complete their major individual project in either industry or at an overseas Research Institution/University. In the 2016 cohort, 90% of 5th year students undertook a placement.
The School provides support to students seeking a placement and all placements advertised by the School will be remunerated.
You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus Programme.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and group work. In your final years you will dedicate more time to private study and will receive individual supervision with projects.
You will be assessed through course work and examinations.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
A Chemical Engineering degree opens the door to a fulfilling and varied career, with many exciting opportunities for employment in technical and management roles in a wide array of industries. Many of our students gain valuable experience spending six months in industry, in the UK and worldwide, as part of their programme.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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In Year 1, you will require Personal Protective Equipment for practical work. Prices start at £36.
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